My Name Is... Chris Anderson

Douglas County High School student raising money for cycling athletes

Posted 12/26/17

About me I’m a sophomore at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock. I race in the Colorado High School Cycling league for the Castle Rock Crankers. I’ve been into cycling since I began riding …

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My Name Is... Chris Anderson

Douglas County High School student raising money for cycling athletes

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About me

I’m a sophomore at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock. I race in the Colorado High School Cycling league for the Castle Rock Crankers. I’ve been into cycling since I began riding 12 years ago and I’m in my ninth season of racing. My family has always ridden with me, even though my mom has multiple sclerosis and couldn’t ride for a few years. My dad and I have gotten her a recumbent E-trike so we can ride together again. Cycling is big in my household. 

My final International Baccalaureate project

I chose to raise money for a Colorado League rider in financial need to get a new race bike and racing kit (helmet, shorts, jersey, shoes). Mountain bike racing can be an expensive activity and finances should not be a barrier to participate. The Colorado League has changed my life in many ways. I have met new friends from all over Colorado and seen the wild, beautiful and varying environments of our state.

Kate Rau, head of the Colorado League, has created an atmosphere of excellence and acceptance. Every rider from beginner to expert is encouraged to go out and do the best they can, but most importantly have fun. 

Mark Neel, Castle Rock Crankers head coach and owner of Castle Rock Bike and Ski, is my role model and has taught me how to be a good sportsman, teammate and racer.

My time racing in the Colorado League has been such a positive experience that I want to make sure that I do what I can to help someone else find the same thing.

I have set up donation stations at all the races I’ve participated in since I started my project. Recently, I have begun a partnership with Primal Wear, a cycling clothing company, to sell cycling sweatshirts/jackets with the Go Ride logo and have all proceeds go to funding my project. I also have a website, goridefund.org, that explains the project and is a place where someone can donate money.

My hobbies

I am a huge mountain biker, and skier. I spend my summers training for the Colorado League races and just going out having fun with my friends. My favorite place to ride is Golden, because there are a ton of awesome trails and it is just an all-around cool town. Winter is my favorite season because I can ski and ride fat bikes. I also race fat bikes and have won multiple races and came in third place at the Fat Bike World Championships in January of 2017. I am going back to race at the world championships this January. 


My mantra

I have a couple different mottos I follow. The main one is a quote from my coach, Mark Neel, “Use that thing between your ears, don’t be a dummy,” and “Live free, ride hard, get stoked!”

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